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by Mariah Carey

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Let's face facts: Mariah Carey has sold more records in the '90s than perhaps any other artist this side of Garth Brooks. Whether or not these songs deserve their hit status is beside the point. Carey produces state-of-the-art dance pop, and her adoring audience hangs on every note. Arranged in reverse…  See more details below


Let's face facts: Mariah Carey has sold more records in the '90s than perhaps any other artist this side of Garth Brooks. Whether or not these songs deserve their hit status is beside the point. Carey produces state-of-the-art dance pop, and her adoring audience hangs on every note. Arranged in reverse chronology, these aerobic ballads and lite hip-pop numbers track Carey's development from the impressionable young bride to the more self-assured, single woman that emerged following her divorce from record executive Tommy Mottola. Also evident from the sonic timeline here is the growth in Carey's vocal delivery -- where once she soared to the highest possible notes, her recent songs show her exercising restraint, making for a warmer, more emotional sound. Although this anthology already features more than a dozen No. 1 hits, Carey is young, and there should be plenty more where they came from.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Protest as she may -- and she does, claiming in the liner notes that #1's is "not a greatest hits album! It's too soon, I haven't been recording long enough for that!" -- it's hard to view #1's, Mariah Carey's first compilation, as anything other than a greatest-hits album. Carey was fortunate enough to have nearly every single she released top the pop charts. Between 1990's "Vision of Love" and 1998's "My All," all but four commercially released singles ("Anytime You Need a Friend," "Can't Let Go," "Make It Happen," "Without You") hit number one, with only a handful of radio-only singles ("Butterfly," "Breakdown") making the airwaves, not the charts. That leaves 12 big hits on #1's, all number ones. Since Carey's singles always dominated her albums, it comes as no surprise that #1's is her best, most consistent album, filled with songs that represent state-of-the-art '90s adult contemporary and pop-oriented urban soul. That said, it isn't a perfect overview -- a couple of good singles are missing because of the self-imposed "#1 rule"; plus, the Ol' Dirty Bastard mix of "Fantasy" is strong, but fans familiar with the radio single will be disappointed that the chorus is completely missing on this version. The album is also padded with a personal favorite (her Brian McKnight duet "Whenever You Call," taken from Butterfly) and three new songs -- the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Sweetheart," the Whitney Houston duet "When You Believe" (taken from The Prince of Egypt soundtrack), and "I Still Believe," a remake of a Brenda K. Starr tune -- which are all fine, but not particularly memorable. Still, that's hardly enough to bring down a thoroughly entertaining compilation that will stand as her best record until the "official" hits collection is released.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards
Boyz II Men   Background Vocals
Whitney Houston   Track Performer
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Shanice Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Shanice   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brian McKnight   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trey Lorenz   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Don Allen   Background Vocals
David Cole   Background Vocals
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Melvin Edmonds   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
David Hewitt   Recorder
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Patrique McMillian   Vocals,Background Vocals
Geno Morris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Liz Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Tan   Recorder
Spencer Washington   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ol' Dirty Bastard   Vocals
Eric Rigler   Pipe,Low Whistle
Damon Thomas   Choir Master,Choir Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
William Ross   Conductor
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Melonie Daniels   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kelly Price   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Mase   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peggy Harley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cheree Price   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shanrae Price   Background Vocals
Dion Allen   Choir, Chorus
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Clarence ?   Background Vocals
Vearline Board   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Henry Casper   Vocals,Background Vocals
Krystal Wilson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Syretha Smith   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nathan Walton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kevon Edmonds   Choir, Chorus
Joy Enriquez   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Daryl Hawes   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kenya Ivey   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Ivey   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nathan Ivey   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
J. Valentine   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Peach   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Adrian Belew   Composer
Rainy Davis   Composer
Sass Jordan   Composer
David Morales   Composer
Tim Boyle   Engineer
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Mariah Carey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robert Clivillés   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Cole   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Hal Davis   Composer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Brian Frye   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jay Healy   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Acar S. Key   Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Producer
Michael McCary   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Bruce Miller   Engineer
Nathan Morris   Composer
Wanya Morris   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Bob Rosa   Engineer
Mike Scott   Engineer
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer
Mark Smith   Live Sound
Steven Stanley   Composer
Shawn Stockman   Composer
Phil Tan   Composer,Engineer
Rich Tancredi   Arranger
Chris Toland   Arranger
Richard Travali   Engineer
Rick Wake   Arranger,Producer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Hans Zimmer   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
William Ross   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Stevie J.   Producer
Ummah   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Ben Margulies   Arranger,Composer
Scott Widney   Monitor Engineer
Wayne Maser   Cover Photo
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Pete Warner   Composer
Alice Butts   Artwork
B.J. Robinson   Composer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Mike Mason   Producer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Tod Toland   Arranger
Pete Karem   Engineer
Dave Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Producer
Bob West   Composer
Steve J   Producer
June Shellene   Composer

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